Catholic San Francisco
Events for
February 2016

A hot shower can’t wash away their troubles, but the homeless men and women who took one inside a big blue bus at Most Holy Redeemer Parish on Jan. 28 told Catholic San Francisco it can help them feel human again.  
Dominican Father Michael Sweeney brings an evangelizing spirit and academic credentials to his new role as director of the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s revamped diaconate formation program.  

Notre Dame des Victoires Church was the site for “Movements for Migrants,” a concert Jan. 13 benefiting Syrian refugees. The evening featured musicians from the Notre Dame Parish music program, the Alden Trio, Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, Pacific Boychoir, ...

 Feb. 3-9: Province retreat  

St. Peter Church in San Francisco’s Mission District is opening its doors for 24 hours of confessions and eucharistic adoration March 4-5, bringing to life Pope Francis’ Lenten request for the Year of Mercy.  

LOS ANGELES – A Chicago-based law firm known for supporting pro-life causes will defend the Center for Medical Progress in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed Jan. 14 by Planned Parenthood against the center.  

WASHINGTON – Religious freedom is being challenged in fundamental ways, according to speakers at a panel discussion on “Religious Liberty and the Future: Faith, Skepticism, Culture and Hope” at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Jan. 21.  

WASHINGTON – During this Year of Mercy, one of the biggest challenges Pope Francis has thrown at us is to expand our vision of mercy.  

CEBU, Philippines – Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said popular culture’s message of individuals being “infinitely right” is “repugnant to (Catholics’) eucharistic faith.” But he also said Christianity is “running on ...

VATICAN CITY – Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said.  

VATICAN CITY – Children may say the darnedest things, but when it comes to questions about faith they can make even the most learned parents and priests pause.  
Human traffickers expected to flow into the Bay Area this week for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara may be sidelined if the efforts of Catholic sisters from a dozen different religious communities in Northern California and the volunteers they trained are successful.  
To see Lent only as a period of spiritual practices, penances and self-imposed deprivations would be distorted and limited. Some understand Lent solely as a time of painful spiritual exercises accepted more or less willingly. But with reflection and by following attentively the ...

They say that the book you most need to read finds you when you most need to read it. I’ve had that experience many times, most recently with Heather King’s book, “Shirt of Flame, A Year with Saint Therese of Lisieux.”   


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